Since launching in 2014, 416Beats has delivered its unique percussion activations to over 350 events, from TIFF and most recently Invictus Toronto, to street festivals, conferences and sporting events. The entertainment drumline captures the power of marching percussion with a hip, urban approach and customized arrangements. Ranging in size from four to over 40 players, the troupe provides a big bang for events looking for a little “shock and awe.” “We’re loud as hell,” says founder Nathan McLaren, “but that’s the point. People love the attention-grabbing swagger with which we play. We definitely engage the visual and audio senses.”
Perfect for kick-offs and big reveals, 416Beats tailors performances right down to clothing and drum wraps that align with theme or brand. Fully portable – no set up is required – shows are typically about five minutes and can be arranged for stage or to move throughout a crowd. The drumline can also accompany music such as theme songs and DJs. There’s also a special-effects option with clothing and instruments lit by LED lights. McLaren, who’s played drums since he was three, also co-owns 6Entertainment, a drumline booking and creative agency.